Old Sloop Presents
Old Sloop Coffeehouse returns to live performance with an expanded mission and a new name! Our host church presents occasional concerts in the sanctuary, usually featuring classical music or jazz. We have long wanted to broaden the coffeehouse offerings to include music other than folk. The church’s programming has been hampered by the lack of a means to sell tickets or promote events, things the coffeehouse already does. We have joined the two programs to solve several problems and open new opportunities. The combined entity will be known as Old Sloop Presents.
COVID-19 precautions: All fall 2021 performances will be in the sanctuary, which is much larger than Fellowship Hall and provides plenty of space for attendees to distance. There will be no openers and one long set, so there will be no intermission and no food or drink. We require that attendees show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Importantly, if you have a ticket and don’t feel well or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, PLEASE DON’T COME! We will gladly refund your ticket purchase. Click here to see of all of our COVID-19 protocols.
Sat. March 19 – Annie Sumi
Annie Sumi is a mixed-race, ethereal-folk artist from Canada. Her music is intimate and expansive, inviting the listener into a familiar otherworld. Inspired by the mirrored relationship between physical and emotional landscapes, Sumi’s music speaks of human experience through the language of the senses.
Sat. April 9 – Emerald Rae and The Bombadils
This co-bill pairs two performers who create some of the most original music you will ever hear. Emerald Rae is a fiddler and folksinger originally from Gloucester and now living in Vermont. Pairing ornamented vocals with groovy percussive fiddle, Emerald pushes the boundaries of the imagination with a refreshingly colorful palate. Canadian Folk Music Award nominees The Bombadils bring together bluegrass, Celtic, and singer-songwriter traditions with front-porch style and classical grace.
Sat. April 30 – Jon Shain and FJ Ventre
Jon Shain and FJ Ventre have been making music together since 1982 when they met in high school. Jon learned the blues from North Carolina’s older blues players and became a member of Big Boy Henry’s backing band. He won the 2019 International Blues Challenge winner in the solo/duo category. FJ is a sought-after sideman and runs his own own Good Luck Recording Studio. Jon and FJ have a new CD Never Found a Way to Tame the Blues.
Fri. May 20 – Martyn Joseph with opener Antje Duvekot
Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
Sat. June 11 – Antje Duvekot with openers Ash and Eric
Antje Duvekot has won some of the top songwriting awards, including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) “Best New Folk Award” and, in one of the nation’s top music markets, the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Act”, three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world. Ash and Eric – formerly The Promise is Hope – write songs that reflect the hope and pain we all experience in life.